Coast teen’s battle after heartbreaking diagnosis
Ella Bevan liked nothing more than spending time in the paddock.
Now the Kenilworth schoolgirl is confined to her hospital bed after she was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia on October 12.
Best friend Hannah Scott said Ella was known for always being out on the paddock with her cows, hanging with friends, or having fun learning at school.
"She loves the picture I used on her GoFundMe page because it's got her cows in it," she laughed.
Ella's pain was originally put down to a muscle tear, but further testing revealed cancer cells.
Ella started treatment at Queensland Children's Hospital on October 13.
Now she is in a childhood cancer support unit in Brisbane.
Hannah said she and Ella had just finished an agricultural placement in Charters Towers for their Certificate III in Agriculture days before she went into hospital.
Ella's mum, Kathryn, is staying with her while her dad Clint, her two siblings and her grandma continue to run their property in Kenilworth.
The Year 11 girl will undergo about two years of treatment.
When Hannah last spoke to Ella, she said she was feeling alright and eating well.
Doctors have urged Ella to be careful once she returns home due to possible bacterial and fungal infections from the farm.
Hannah started a GoFundMe account to raise money for an air conditioner for Ella's room.
"As one of her best friends of four or five years, it's really overwhelming that I physically can't do much to help Ella," she said.
"Not being able to see her, hug her.
More than $5000 has been raised in three days for the young girl and her family.
A fundraising event will be held at Mooloolah Valley Country Club on November 14.
It is a wine and cheese night.